Wed. May 22nd, 2019

Wimbledon dismiss claims of preferential treatment for Murray

Murray WimbledonWimbledon have squashed the suggestion that Andy Murray will be afforded preferential treatment on a wildcard application.

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Two-time former Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray will not receive any special consideration on a wildcard application for the third Grand Slam of 2019.

Murray underwent a Birmingham hip (BHR) operation earlier this year in a bid to end his chronic hip pain and perhaps salvage his career.

In March, Murray revealed that as a result of the surgery, he was now free of pain in his hip and would therefore begin preparations to return to playing competitive tennis.

Britain’s best player of the modern era by far, Murray hasn’t played since his first round exit at the Australian Open when he fell to 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut after four hours and five sets, with a score of 4–6, 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4), 2–6.

Murray said that any potential Wimbledon return would be dependent on how his hip felt. He said that he would not rush his comeback and might test his condition by playing doubles. His entry to Wimbledon will depend on a wildcard from competition organizers but he won’t be given any preferential treatment or extensions on the wildcard deadline.

“It’s entirely up to Andy,” Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis said at the spring press conference.

Wimbledon’s Chairman Philip Brook believes that Murray would come up with a strong case for inclusion in the tournament, given his background and the circumstances of his absence from the ATP tour.

“It’s in his gift what to do. But if he came forward with a strong case, I’m sure we’d work with him.’ Brook said: “There has been no discussion with him as yet, it is too soon.

“Should he wish to apply for a wildcard he would do so in the normal way. Ahead of that meeting. We have a process that applies to all players competing in the Championships.”

The only person to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard to date has been Goran Ivanišević, who won the 2001 title, coming into the tournament ranked 125th in the world.

Murray is currently ranked 218th in the world after an injury plagued last two years.

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